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Adhoc Puppetry with puppet apply execute


Sometimes you want to try out a tiny snippet of puppet code, maybe to see what a property does to a file or check if the file type takes owner or user as a parameter. The puppet apply command, with the '-e' option allows you to run these kind of small snippets, often without requiring root.


    $ puppet apply -e 'file { "/tmp/adhoc": content => "Written from puppet on $hostname\n" }'
    notice: /Stage[main]//File[/tmp/adhoc]/ensure: defined content as '{md5}c1047ebc91c191f0ef6ad5fedcc5a0df'

    $ cat /tmp/adhoc
    Written from puppet

    $ ls -al /tmp/adhoc
    -rw-r--r--. 1 deanw deanw 20 Dec 30 13:59 /tmp/adhoc

    $ puppet apply -e 'file { "/tmp/adhoc": content => "Written from puppet\n", mode => 640 }'
    notice: /Stage[main]//File[/tmp/adhoc]/mode: mode changed '644' to '640'

    $ ls -al /tmp/adhoc
    -rw-r-----. 1 deanw deanw 20 Dec 30 13:59 /tmp/adhoc


This is a simple way to allow easy testing of small puppet snippets while you become more familiar with the configuration language. As this is a full instance of puppet you can use facts in your snippets but when you find yourself going over a line or two it may well be time to investigate stand alone module testing.

See also

  • Test a module on the command line - TODO